Two newly delivered Chinese-built crewboats will soon begin operating for a well-known windfarm operator in the North Sea while a UAE-built crewboat has been selected to support a local oil major. Meanwhile, new orders have been placed for two Thai-built trimaran crewboats, a UK-built catamaran windfarm support boat, and two examples of what would become the largest turbine installation vessels in the world.
Denmark’s MHO-Co to welcome hybrid crewboat pair to fleet
Danish crewboat operator MHO-Co will soon welcome two newbuild catamaran vessels to its windfarm support fleet.
The 35-metre hybrid electric-powered crewboats were designed by Australian naval architects Incat Crowther and built by AFAI Southern Shipyard in Guangzhou, China.
Shortly after their arrival in Europe, the newbuilds will begin operating under contract with Ørsted at the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
UAE builder completes delivery second of three crewboats to Allianz Middle East
UAE-based Grandweld Shipyards has delivered the second of three 42-metre crewboats ordered from the company by local vessel operator Allianz Middle East Ship Management.
Named Allianz Surfer 2, the vessel will soon begin operating under charter with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
The crewboat has capacity for 100 passengers and up to 70 tonnes of deck cargo. Three 1,080kW engines deliver a speed of over 27 knots while a set of hydrodynamically foiled rudders provide enhanced manoeuvrability.
UK’s Mainprize Offshore taps local builder for new service vessel
UK-based Mainprize Offshore has selected local builder Manor Marine for the construction of a new catamaran windfarm service vessel.
The bespoke 26-metre vessel will be designed by Walker Marine Design. It will have 175 square metres of deck space, a cargo capacity of 35 tonnes, seating for 24 technicians, and a maximum speed of 27 knots.
Delivery is scheduled for Q2 2022.
Thai shipyard to build two trimaran crewboats for Taiwanese-Danish JV
Thai shipyard Marsun has been awarded a contract to build two high-speed trimaran crewboats for U-Ming Marine Offshore Company (UMO), a joint venture formed by Taiwanese cargo shipping company U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation and Danish vessel operator World Marine Offshore.
The BV-classed, Danish-flagged vessels will be designed by WIND Naval Architects in collaboration with Australia’s One2Three Naval Architects.
Delivery of both units is scheduled for Q2 2022.
Cadeler orders two WTIVs from Chinese yard
Cadeler has awarded China’s COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry a US$561 million contract for the contruction of two wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) in a series.
The first vessel will be ready by Q4 2024 and has already been contracted for work on behalf of Siemens Gamesa.
Each WTIV will have a deck area of 5,600 square metres, a cargo carrying capacity of 17,600 tonnes, and a main crane capacity of over 2,000 tonnes at a height of 53 metres. Cadeler said the two WTIVS will be the largest vessels of their kind once these enter service.
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